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Garry Ponder and Thomas Webber jailed for a total of 10 years over burglaries

By David Gazet

Two burglars who ransacked homes in Sevenoaks, Edenbridge and Swanley have been given prison sentences totalling almost ten years.

Garry Ponder and Thomas Webber were responsible for a series of break-ins between November and January, stealing jewellery, cash and mobile phones.

On in November a plant pot was used to smash a rear window of a property in Crockenhill, Edenbridge.

Gary Ponder. Picture: Kent Police

The victims returned home to discover one of their pillow cases had been used to remove the stolen items. Four days later patio doors of a house in New Barn Road, Swanley were smashed with a parasol base. Jewellery and cosmetics were then taken from a bedroom.

In January, further offences were reported in Hodsol Street, Sevenoaks and Tonbridge Road in Ightham. Ponder and Webber would either burgle homes together or on their own and they also targeted properties outside of the county, in Bromley, Surrey and Warwickshire.

Detectives identified a Vauxhall Frontera as a suspect vehicle and on 20 January, 2017 the car was located and stopped by an officer at a location off London Road, West Kingsdown. Webber was driving the vehicle and arrested. Inside, officers seized jewellery found on the rear seats as well as a number of false registration plates.

Both men had been staying at an address nearby. It was searched and found to contain an array of stolen property with items found in drawers, on top of tables and also within a suitcase. Ponder was later arrested on 28 January, after he was located at an address in Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Thomas Webber: Kent Police

Appearing before Maidstone Crown Court, Ponder, aged 47 and of no fixed address pleaded guilty to seven charges of burglary. On 15 May he was sentenced to 5 years and 3 months imprisonment. Webber, aged 25 and formerly of School Street, Wolston. Coventry admitted 6 burglaries and a charge of theft. He was sentenced to 4 years and 6 months in prison.

Detective Constable Andy Julier said: ‘Ponder and Webber targeted homes often located in isolated areas, stealing possessions worth in excess of £150,000. Whilst we have thankfully been able to return a number of these items to their rightful owners, sadly much of what they stole is still missing.

"Their crimes have caused a huge amount of anguish and distress to victims and we are working hard to ensure justice does not end with these prison sentences.

"Both men will be now be subject to investigations under the Proceeds of Crime Act and this will be used to try and claw back any benefits they may have gained from their criminal activities."

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